Master Jinshan asked Master Xiushan, "Clearly knowing the unborn nature of life, why are we stayed by life?" Xiushan said, "Bamboo shoots will eventually become bamboo, but if you use them now for bamboo rope, can you make them serve the purpose?" Jinshan said, "Later on you’ll be enlightened on your own." Xiushan said, "I’m just this way—what is your meaning?" Jinshan said, "This is the monastery superintendent’s quarters, that is the... Topics: dharma talk, hszc, hartford street zen center
". . . this is one of these clever dialogues about practice. Basically the point is, you have to do it with your bodymind, or it will just remain opaque. You have to do it with your bodymind." Topics: ritual, genjo koan
"If zazen is of the sort that we think starts and stops with the sound of a bell, or the passage of the hands of a clock, then that's not zazen in its true sense. Zazen in its true sense is simply the embodiment, in this posture, of the suchness of things as they are. This is a very very basic, very important teaching."
Reverend McCormick was ordained to the Nichiren-shu (Lotus Sutra School) ministry in 2001 by Reverend Ryusho Matsuda, of the San Jose Nichiren Temple. Reverend McCormick is also a long-time practitioner of zazen (seated meditation) and a student of the writings of Dogen-zenji.
"Ease me, Dear God, over the lip. Give me the final push, that I may fall, flaming, freewheeling Out of all space, and at last Out of time." Thank you for your patience, and if that's my actual death poem, bye bye." Topics: Green Gulch Farm, Three Essentials, Eihei Dogen, rinzai, soto, death poem
"There is no enlightenment apart from now . . . Apart from this, there is no other place or time apart from the unfolding Buddha way. That's really all there is to it . . . The life of practice, the lifetime, or lifetimes, we spend in practice is simply teaching this bodymind, which is a manifestation of karma, how to align with that. Or letting it learn how to align with that truth. And at some point, it speaks for itself."
"What would it be like if, every thought we had, we actually didn't believe that it was real or that its content was really true? As I speak, maybe you can try to open to this possibility of: moment to moment, not believing in what you're thinking. Which is quite different than just not thinking."
"...actualize the bodymind, how do you do that? . . . Well, basically, you don't. You. Don't. Just like you do your laundry and sweep floors, not like that. Doing laundry and sweeping floors, the bodymind is actualized. This is Dogen's whole point."
"Suzuki Roshi said, 'Something that is beautiful is always losing its balance.' You can see that for yourselves, if you notice something that you think is beautiful. If you look at it you'll see it's beautiful against a background of impermanence." Topic: reverend myo lahey, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
Thanks and blessings to the web master of http://www.gaysangha.org/ for recording, editing, and allowing HSZC to repost this file. Topics: gmbs, dharma talk, hszc, enlightenment, buddha, rohatsu, sesshin
Rev. Victoria Austin speaks on this week's California Supreme Court decision affirming the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. "Buddhism is about liberation from conventional designations...." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Victoria Austin, Same-sex marriage, gay...
Rev. Anna Thorn speaks of Dogen's recommendations for Zazen, and ends with a quote from Kafka: "There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can't do otherwise. In raptures it will writhe before you." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Anna Thorn, Dharma talk, Soto Zen, Dogen, zazen, Kafka
Rev. Linda Galleon, recent head monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, speaks on Dogen's "hitting the target" (or not). Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Linda Galleon, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tassajara
"You may have the thought, 'I hear the silence.' And the universe kind of says, 'that's right.' So that's pretty helpful, unless you get hung up on that, and go running around saying, 'You know what, the universe told me. I hear the silence.' And then that's not so helpful, and kind of obnoxious. So I wouldn't recommend that. If the universe says 'that's right', you say thank you universe, and go on with your steady, steady earth practice. And that's all, all you need to do." Topics: Rev. John King, gotsu gotsu chi
Sometimes in zen, we ask these strange questions like, "What is Buddha?" This is a strange question. There's a multitude of answers, of course. But, mainly, that question is about the main thing. What's the main thing? The main thing, of course, is not one particular thing. It's also not everything . . . all things. It's what's at the tip of your nose right now, whatever that happens has to be. What's right under your feet, or right in your heart. Or rising up in the midst of your... Topic: Dongshan
The Four Noble Truths and its role in Nichiren Buddhism. Talk given by Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick, assistant minister at the San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple. Topic: Nichiren Buddhism, Four Noble Truths, Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick